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Why choose St Clare’s for your study abroad experience?
We have been running our Undergraduate Programme for over 40 years. Our study abroad experience is designed to enable undergraduates (or those on a gap year) to have a comprehensive study abroad experience while earning 15 to 18 units of transferable credit.
Every year we are joined by a range of nationalities who choose to study with us so they can gain a first-class education and an exceptional cultural experience. You will benefit from living in Oxford, one of the most famous and historic centres of learning in England, and be able to immerse yourself in our international community. Our college is home to 100 students from over 20 countries.
Our Undergraduate Programme provides:
- the very best teaching that meets your academic requirements with transferable credits across a wide range of disciplines
- to be intellectually challenged while receiving the individual support you require
- small seminar classes of 3-12 students
- one-to-one tutorials with your tutor
- to study alongside a genuinely international community of students
- active collaborative learning, directed to instil critical thinking and independent thought
- support and guidance to make full use of the rich resources and opportunities which our Oxford location provides
- a rich and varied programme of extra-curricular activities and excursions allowing you to engage with a genuinely international and diverse community
- to take the opportunity to explore Oxford and the UK with new friends
- travelling to Europe on weekends and during breaks
We understand that you want to stay on track with your major to meet your core study requirements, so we provide a flexible combination of courses. You can select up to 5 course options, each course carries 3 units of credit. Our classes are similar to the Oxbridge style of teaching. You can choose 4 seminar courses taught in small classes (maximum 12 students) and 1 tutorial class. Tutorials are offered to encourage you to develop independent study skills. They are included in your timetable every week to provide more dedicated study support as they consist of up to two students. Our tutorial option enables us to run a course just for you. We will work with you home university to create and run courses to meet your study requirements.
We offer a wide range of course options within the following disciplines:
|Art History||Business and Economics||Communication Studies|
|Interdisciplinary||Language Courses||Liberal Studies|
|Theology & Religious Studies||Visual Arts|
You will live and learn in one of the most inspiring academic cities in the world! Your study abroad programme will give you the opportunity to actively learn, fully engage and really experience Oxford.
Please fill in this form to submit an enquiry about our Undergraduate Programme.
You may also wish to get in touch to arrange a campus tour or find out what it is like to live and study in the city of Oxford.
You may also be interested in these course options:
Programme Dates and Fees
What is it like to live here?
Living in Oxford, a city of culture and learning dating back to medieval times, will be an experience you will never forget.
Our campus is the opposite of your student experience at your own university. Often when our students leave they explain with enthusiasm that although it was very different when they first arrived they soon embraced this difference and said that it made them all the more appreciative of their time here.
We offer you the chance to live with other students from around the world not just with other American students from universities like your own. We have 4 houses exclusively for our adults students all an easy walk to the International College at the Bardwell Road Campus. These stylish Victorian and Edwardian homes are located in Summertown, the most elegant part of the city.
Students clearly value living and socialising with students from around the world. Our students enjoy the fact that they do not live in houses with just American students; they can be sharing a room with someone from Italy or Poland, Brazil or Belgium or making dinner for students visiting from other houses. This is all the more enriching and is the whole ethos of our study abroad programme.
If you are attending one of our affiliate organisations or if you attend another US university, please visit the Study Abroad Office at your home institution to discuss your plans.
If you are applying independently, please contact our advisors to discuss your plans and request an application pack. We have two application deadlines: the end of July (for the autumn semester), and mid-November (for the spring semester). If you are a late applicant contact us to discuss availability and eligibility.
Application for admission
Prospective students need to apply by downloading and completing this application form. The St Clare’s Liberal Arts application form consists of a number of sections:
- Personal details
- Educational details
- Academic registration
- Accommodation options
- Deposit and balance of fees payment
Please make sure you complete the application form in full before returning it by mail or email.
Please read our Terms & Conditions
It is very important that you read carefully through all of the course choices detailed in the Courses Information section as well as the Tutorial options and Language Tutorials before completing the course registration section.
Be sure to include your first choice for courses (4 Cores and 1 Tutorial/Language Tutorial); your alternative choices (at least 3 Cores and 1 Tutorial/language Tutorial); and if a course is an absolute requirement (e.g. for next semester graduation) please indicate this clearly.
Before completing the accommodation options section of the application form, please consult the accommodation section of this site.
Students applying for the Liberal Arts Programme at St Clare’s need to send the following with their application:
- a full transcript of courses you have taken to date, with grades and grade-point averages
- a written reference from a current or former professor / teacher who knows you well
- a personal essay giving your reasons for wishing to study at St Clare’s and outlining what contribution you hope to make to the College
- evidence of your level of English if you are a non-native speaker (eg. a copy of an English Language examination certificate such as TOEFL, Cambridge examinations, IELTS, etc.)
- The Academic Statement signed by the appropriate authority (US students only)
- Registration fee and enrolment deposit
- Two recent photographs
Once your application form with all the necessary documents, fees and deposits have been received your application will be considered by the Director of Studies (Academic). All your course choices and supporting academic references will be checked.
If you are offered a place on the programme you will receive an official Letter of Acceptance and a Study Certificate confirming your programme and the dates. You will also receive a comprehensive information pack giving details of orientation, arrival procedures, trips and excursions, campus facilities and city information.
Please note: it is your responsibility to ensure that your current institution authorises appropriate credit transfer for the courses you have taken.
Optional college weekend trips / theatre visits / excursions, etc.
Day excursions at weekends — free to £40
Theatre tickets and transport — £25 to £45
Weekend trip with overnight stay (two nights) — £70 to £300
Additional sports and other activities — £10 to £15 per week
Stationery/book purchase (loan of books is included in fees)
General spending money — allow a minimum of £80 per week
Bus travel: single trip from £2.00; 1 week £14.50; 4 week 49.00
St Clare’s sweatshirt £20
Please note: Prices are approximate please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.